Responsive Workbench: Roof-gutter assembly sequence

joint work with:
Martin Fischer
Department of Civil Engineering
Stanford University

Step one: Steel has been erected (part of the roof steel can be seen in the model on the table in red), and the metal deck has been installed. The work of the stucco contractor, the sheet metal contractor, and the roofing contractor now need to be coordinated. All the components to be installed by these three contractors are on the table next to the roof model. To the left of the model, the stucco soffit is shown in white. In front of the model, one can see the electronic model of the double gutter. To the right of the model, insulation layers, the ice and water protector, roof tiles, and various assembly pieces are stacked up. Martin Fischer (white hardhat) and Chris Marolf (blue hardhat) are now trying out an assembly sequence.

Step two: The roof insulation and the ice and water protector have been placed on the metal deck. Using the wand (Polhemus stylus), Chris is picking up a strip of metal which will act as a kicker for the first row of tiles (the component that is touched or moved turns red). In front of Chris, one can see the menu-driven interface (in light blue) that allows users to move and rotate the model, and to zoom in and out.

Step three: Chris has "installed" the kicker and the gutter assembly piece at the roof edge. He is getting ready to place the roof tiles (which have turned red since Chris is touching them with the wand).

Step four: The tiles have been placed, and have reverted from red back to their model color blue. The stucco has also been placed. Martin is moving the gutter into place.

Step five: The roof is fully assembled. The whole assembly took just a few minutes and can be repeated easily, or an alternate sequence can be tried until agreement about the best assembly and installation sequence between all contractors has been reached.

Step six: Chris and Martin have rotated the model to inspect and discuss the roof assembly plus the supporting structure and fireproofing.

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Last modified: Wed 26 Jun 1996